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Science as Power

Discourse and Ideology in Modern Society

1988
Author:

Stanley Aronowitz

Science as Power

“Sets the stage for a new social theory of science. Aronowitz does not merely envision a new account of science; he argues for a critical, reflexive alternative to modern science, one that is not based on the domination of humans and nature.” --Contemporary Sociology

“Sets the stage for a new social theory of science. Aronowitz does not merely envision a new account of science; he argues for a critical, reflexive alternative to modern science, one that is not based on the domination of humans and nature.” --Contemporary Sociology

Science has established itself as not merely the dominant but the only legitimate form of human knowledge. By tying its truth claims to methodology, science has claimed independence from the influence of social and hisorical conditions. Here, Aronowitz asserts that the norms of science are by no means self-evident and that science is best seen as a socially constructed discourse that legitimates its power by presenting itself as truth.

Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology in the graduate school of City University of New York. His books include Working Class Hero: A New Strategy for Labor and, with Henry Giroux, Education Under Siege.

Science as Power

Stanley Aronowitz has taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York since 1983, where he is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education. He received his B.A. at the New School in 1968 and his Ph.D from the Union Graduate School in 1975. He studies labor, social movements, science and technology, education, social theory and cultural studies and is director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the Graduate Center.

He is author or editor of twenty-five books including: Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters (2008); Left Turn: Forging a New Political Future (2006); Just Around Corner (2005); How Class Works (2003); The Last Good Job in America (2001); The Knowledge Factory (2000); The Jobless Future (1994, with William DiFazio); and False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness (1973, 1992).

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